Ziya Tong writes a brief history of human waste — from “night soil” to space junk — in an excerpt from her new book, The Reality Bubble.
After her sought-after five-letter Instagram handle was stolen by an Iranian hacker, professor Negar Mottahedeh opens up the door to her former homeland, striking up an unlikely friendship with the thief to learn more about a man struggling to earn a living in an economy compromised by 35 years of US-led sanctions.
With divorce illegal and online dating popular, it’s hard for women in the Philippines to protect their interests when they get involved with Western men, but a new generation with new technology is reshaping the online mating ritual to finally help tip the scales in women’s’ favor.
Andrew McMillen writes on how one young Wikipedia admin fights back at trolls by raising the profile of notable women in science, one new Wikipedia page at a time.
At Backchannel, a reprint of John Perry Barlow’s seminal 1990 essay on Virtual Reality, “Being in Nothingness.”
Can home cleaning services be Uber-ified? How a promising startup grew fast and failed hard.
How a former heroin addict turned public health advocate uses the internet to save lives.
Hiring managers often reject perfectly good applicants because they didn’t go to “prestige” schools or because the applicant might not be a good “cultural fit.” Is there a better way to hire?